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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Inter-agency Adult Literacy Research Group

Description of Collaborative Activity:

Inter-agency working group highlights adult literacy activities within and across departments and agencies to inform inter-agency understanding of proposed and ongoing efforts focused on adult literacy (research and practice) and to facilitate enhanced communication, cooperation and coordination (as appropriate) across the federal government. • Recent activities have been led by the US Dept. of Education (specifically the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education and National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences) to highlight and disseminate findings from the recent Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The PIAAC provides a snapshot of adult’s skills in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in an electronic context and gives both a national and international viewpoint on the competencies of adults. The engagement activities have been important to translate the implications of the findings to research, policy and practice audiences across the federal government. Also, these offices have proactively been meeting and working with federal partners to convey and understanding of upcoming reports that will focus on adult populations of particular interest to NIH – incarcerated populations, young adults and older adults. The PIAAC includes information that provides insight into the link between adult competencies, education and health important to the mission of NIH. The partners at ED have explicitly engaged with audiences at NIH around the linkage to health in the current PIAAC and thinking forward to the next planned assessment in approximately 8-10 years.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Committee, Advisory Group, or Work Group

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